Upcoming Training and Events

We are pleased to offer a variety of trainings and special events throughout the year for child care providers. All training and events are PDR approved.

The following training and events will be hosted by Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas:

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5th Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference

Where: National Park College, Hot Springs, AR

When: September 28, 2024, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Keynote: Paul Reynolds, FableVision

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 7 approved hours

Cost: Early Bird - $25 per person

Paul Reynolds is the CEO and Co-Founder of FableVision/Reynolds TLC, which partners with other mission-based organizations to create and distribute original educational media, mobile games and apps designed to move the world to a better place. He also oversees Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity - Reynolds TLC - a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering purposeful, creative human potential around the globe.

Paul is also an award-winning children’s book author - creating stories about creativity and innovation. His story book about the 4Cs entitled Going Places is illustrated by his twin brother Peter H. Reynolds, and recently won the Library of Congress MassBook Award 
for Best Picture Book of the Year. The pair also created the STEAM-Powered Adventures of Sydney & Simon book series for early readers, which features twin mice who love creative problem solving and STEAM learning. Paul has also been teaching creative media production and digital storytelling at Boston College for over 20 years.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each of STEAM’s five subjects share a common approach and focus. They require gathering and using evidence to create knowledge or solve problems. STEAM learning happens naturally everyday as children explore, play, and try new things. When young children have the opportunity to investigate the world around them, they learn and experiment with new STEAM skills and theories. Research shows there is a positive relationship between early STEAM experiences and future success in school.

For more information visit Understanding STEAM and how children use it.

5th Annual ACW Dinner & Tribute

Where: First United Methodist Church, Christian Life Center - Cupp Hall, 218 Pratt St, Hot Springs, AR

When: April 15th, 2024, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Keynote: Tracy T. Rowe

Theme: Get Your SHIFT Together

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 2 approved hours

Cost: $5.00

Each year we celebrate Arkansas Children's Week by hosting HSECA's Dinner & Tribute for early childhood educators. We feel it is important to recognize and honor all of the hard work and dedication our providers put in to caring for their children.

Registration must be received by April 1, 2024.

Catering - Stubby's BBQ.

Download current and past ACW resource books.

For more information visit Arkansas Children's Week.

Stick figures and houses.

Pine Bluff ACW Family Fun Day

Where: Old St. James M.B.C. Family Life Center

When: April 2025

Theme: TBD

Registration: Contact Jackie Riley at 501-463-1482 or at jacqueline.riley@np.edu.

Cost: Free

Early Childhood Professionals and families are invited to join us for Family Fun Day at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in celebration of Arkansas Children's Week. In our work, we create hands-on experiences daily to engage and enlighten our littlest learners.

For more information visit Everyday Explorers.

International Dot Day

Where: TBD, Hot Springs, AR

When: September 15, 2024

Cost: Free

Join us as we celebrate International Dot Day in September. Location TBD. The event is free and open to families and children of all ages. We will be live streaming Peter H. Reynolds and have an activity that you're sure to enjoy.


Annual Dad's Event

Where: Family Park, Hot Springs, AR

When: April 2025

Entertainment: Family Fishing Derby

Sponsor: TBD

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

Cost: Free

A FREE community event for Father Figures of all ages with the goal of providing resources along with fun, safe & affordable activities/ideas for you to do with your families. There will be door prizes and local vendors ready to talk with you and answer your questions.

Contact us for more information or to register for one of our events. You may also visit our Facebook page or download our app "Child Care Aware WCA".  Visit the state Child Care Resource and Referral Map to find the CCR&R that serves your county.